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The Rush to Smart Cities could Cause more Problems than it Solves

Every forward thinking city in the world seems to want to be a “smart city”. An urban utopia where everything is connected, works as efficiently as possible and provides a higher quality of life for its citizens. Around the world, smart cities are emerging by actively experimenting with new information and communication technologies. The idea being that those cities that successfully leverage smart technology will ultimately be the most liveable, sustainable and competitive. Major world cities like London, San Francisco, Seoul, and Rio de Janeiro, are striving to connect every streetlight, parking space, building and vehicle to a central grid, and accessible by a single municipal control panel and state-of-the-art control centre. This effort, for all its vision and utopian ideals, has not quite taken shape as quickly and easily as many had thought, bringing up the question – how realistic is the current path to achieving a truly smart city? All cities, even small […]

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